Meditation Mt 12,46-50

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love. 

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is speaking to the crowds. See the place where he is – maybe inside the temple. During this time, his mother and his brothers have come to Jesus. Someone notes them and announces to Jesus their arrival. Jesus, however, does not go out to the people who came, but he begins to explain what it means to be his mother, sister and brother. Be in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the grace of my free heart

  1. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother and sister, and mother.

God’s will is a love that seeks to express itself in specific circumstances. It is not destiny. It is the search for an answer to the question: How can I serve God in a given situation? To do God’s will is also means to recognize our desires and follow the desires of the free heart. It means the heart which in its election is guided by the greater glory of God. So you choose what will bring more good.

You can look at the life of Jesus. He lived the most perfectly according to the will of God. See what it meant in his life.

Look at your life: how do you recognize and fulfill the will of God? What are your choices?

2. Be with Jesus in this scene. Talk to him about your recognizing the will of God. You can ask for the grace of a free heart, which is guided by greater love in your decisions.

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar, such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54) 

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